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My Stroke of the Pen

Dave Van Epps with Betti VanEpps-Taylor

ISBN 10: 0615360939 / ISBN 13: 9780615360935
Published by Abiqua Estates, 2010
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Title: My Stroke of the Pen

Publisher: Abiqua Estates

Publication Date: 2010

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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Dave Van Epps was the consummate happy grasshopper - a self-made outgoing guy, with lots of friends, many toys, an extravagant lifestyle, little savings, and no health insurance. Then, on a May morning in 2007, just as the economy was crashing in the Great Recession, he woke up to find himself in an ambulance on the way to a Denver hospital with a stroke. In the subsequent months, what seemed like the beginning of the end has turned into the end of the beginning. He has used this experience to reassess what is important, and to reclaim his long-repressed dream of becoming a writer. This collection of essays has become his ticket back to a new normal, beginning with a humorous account of the frustrations of physical therapy and continuing down memory lane -- through early years in small town South Dakota, to his long love affair with Colorado, especially Denver. Along the way, one meets colorful characters, human and animal, that he has known and loved; and others he has simply observed. Especially poignant is the couple's step-by-step process of relinquishment of their beloved and increasingly impractical Windrose Ranch in suburban Parker in favor of a convenient Littleton condo close to the Light Rail, from which, on his regular Freedom Days, he continues to explore his favorite city. With publishing help from brother Bob, and professional editing assistance and advice from sister, Betti, Dave has produced an entertaining and hopeful collection "of reflections, memories, and ramblings will encourage others in similar situations to seek the blessings in the consequences."

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Dave Van Epps was born in Brookings, South Dakota and moved with his family to Denver, graduating from East High School. After college at Colorado's Western State in Gunnison, and later at Denver's Metro State, he founded and operated a successful commercial real estate management firm in Denver. Following two unsuccessful marriages, he married Rebecca (Becky) Pruett and relocated to the high plains above Parker Colorado and the Windrose Ranch which form a large part of this narrative. At the age of 63, he was suddenly felled by a stroke and over the next weeks, the couple saw the relentless unraveling of their well-ordered lives as they faced the daunting physical and financial complications created by a catastrophic illness. During his recovery, an eventful trip west and an encounter on the Light Rail awakened a long closed door in Dave's mind, sparking two of the essays included in this book. Days of thoughtful contemplation and writing followed, each of which have helped him reclaim and heal the stroke caused damage to his mind. Now successfully relocated to less stressful suburban living, he continues to pursue his recovery and writing career.

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